MEDIA RELEASE - 17 June, 2016
Federal Member for Herbert
Local contractors need to be involved from start to finish when it comes to the Townsville Stadium
Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones is calling on the State Government and other Townsville lobby groups to ensure local professionals, like engineers, town planners and architects are being engaged to begin the design process for the Townsville Stadium.
Following the Coalition’s announcement earlier this week that a re-elected Turnbull Government will invest $100 million to achieve the city’s vision for a modern stadium and entertainment venue, it was reported Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had directed State Development Minister Anthony Lynham to begin work on the design and construction of the project (Townsville Bulletin Tuesday 14 June – “Countdown to kick-off”).
Mr Jones said it was imperative the State Government, which will be responsible for the design and construction of the project, engage with local design professionals to ensure they are part of the consultation process.
“My Tenders for Townsville campaign is not just about the local construction industry getting a fair share of work, it’s also focused on all professional service operators in our city. We have the people, they have the skills, now let’s make sure they’re part of this consultation process,” Mr Jones said.
“We need to ensure that this development thinks about transport and how people from the Upper Ross and Northern Beaches are going to get in and out of the CBD.
“It is critical that our Mayor, State Members and civic leaders get in front of the Premier and Minister Lynham to push for our city's involvement.
“When we made the stadium and cities deal announcement, we said we’d seek to maximise participation of local contractors and businesses, building local industry expertise and capacity, that’s because we’re committed to the people of Townsville at a time when the community is transitioning from the old resources construction economy to the new economy.
“While it will be the State Government who will control the tender process and design and construction side of the project, I will do all I can in my capacity to ensure local businesses have an opportunity to be involved the whole way through. I’m the only one fighting for a fairer deal for local contractors and I will continue to do so.
“If re-elected, I will hold three open community forums within 50 days of re-election, throughout the entire city, to seek input into what our CBD renewal should look like and what it should include. Our City Deal is about all of Townsville and everyone who lives here. As Malcolm Turnbull said, a city's greatest asset is its people.”